“Today I invite vaccine manufacturing all over the world – come and make vaccines in India,” Prime Minister Modi said at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
“I want to give this information to UNGA that India has developed the world’s first DNA vaccine, which can be given to anyone over 12 years of age. Another mRNA vaccine is in its final phase of development. Indian scientists are also engaged in the development of a nasal vaccine against Corona, ”he said.
The invitation comes at a time when insufficient supplies and inequitable vaccine distribution have raised fears that the twin issues are delaying the global recovery from the pandemic and may appear to be a move to transform India’s image as a cause of concern that she was dealing with the country was ravaged by the “second wave”, became an emergency responder and part of the solution. India gained considerable goodwill when the Modi government launched the “Vaccine Maitri” initiative to distribute vaccines to underfunded capitals at a time when developed countries stubbornly refused to look beyond their coasts. The second wave derailed the vaccination initiative as New Delhi decided to deal with its own first.
Highlighting India’s achievements and progress in developing the Covid vaccine despite limited resources, the Prime Minister said the country lives by “Seva Paramo Dharma” (service is the main duty) and is committed to the development and manufacture of vaccines with total dedication.
As Ahmedabad-based ZyCoV-D three-dose Covid vaccine ZyCoV-D obtained emergency use clearance for people over 12, Pune-based biotech company Gennova Biopharmaceuticals is working on the country’s first mRNA-based Covid vaccine. In addition, Bharat Biotech is conducting trials with a nasal vaccine.
Highlighting the government’s latest decision to resume the export of anti-Covid vaccines, the Prime Minister said: “Understanding its responsibility to humanity, India has once again started to immunize the needy around the world. ”
At a time when countries around the world are battling the pandemic with limited access and availability to vaccines as well as other medical solutions, Prime Minister Modi’s speech is seen as an effort to transform the image of the India as a crisis manager.